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 ShamiKoto by Syntheway Virtual Musical Instruments is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
Product ShamiKoto
Developer Syntheway Virtual Musical Instruments
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Koto3-Stringed LuteGlissandoJapanese HarpJapanese KotoJapanese ShamisenJapanese SynthKotoKoto 13-StringedKoto GlissandoSamisenSangenShamisenStringed InstrumentsTraditional Instruments
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System Requirements
- Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10.
- DAW host application with VST2 support (32 or 64-bit). VST3 support (64-bit)
- MIDI Keyboard controller.
- An ASIO compatible sound card is recommended for low latency real-time play.
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System Requirements
- macOS operating system and all previous OS X.
- DAW host application with AU, VST or VST3 Support: These plug-ins can be used to process audio by applications such as Logic Pro, GarageBand, Cubase, Ableton Live, REAPER, Studio One Professional, Ardour, MainStage and Digital Performer among others.
- MIDI Keyboard controller.
- An ASIO compatible sound card is recommended for low latency real-time play.
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ShamiKoto is a virtual koto (13-stringed) and shamisen (three-stringed lute) designed to emulate those traditional Japanese stringed instruments. Includes pre-recorded koto glissandos as well as a few shamisen technique emulations with plectrum (bachi) or finger, like hajiki (left hand finger plucked-string), sukui (bachi upstroke), and tataki (bachi swift downward stroke).


  • Quick selector to switch between different preset sounds:
  1. Koto 13-Stringed.
  2. Koto Staccato.
  3. Koto Trill Effect.
  4. Koto Glissando 1 Ascending (Straight).
  5. Koto Glissando 2 Descending (Straight).
  6. Koto Glissando 3 Ascending (Straight).
  7. Koto Glissando 4 Descending (Straight).
  8. Koto Glissando 5 Ascending (Straight).
  9. Koto Glissando 6 Descending (Straight).
  10. Koto Glissando 7 Ascending (Wavy).
  11. Koto Glissando 8 Descending (Wavy).
  12. Koto Glissando 9 Ascending-Descending Set.
  13. Shamisen 3-Stringed Lute.
  14. Shamisen (Hajiki/Left Hand Finger Plucking).
  15. Shamisen (Sukui/Bachi Upstroke).
  16. Shamisen (Tataki/Bachi Downstroke).
  • Low Frequency Oscillator Section: These knobs apply modulation to the selected instrument. By using the LFO to modulate various aspects of the audio signal, you can apply effects such as vibrato or tremolo.
  • ADSR envelope generator with Attack, Sustain, Decay and Release parameters.
  • Pitch Bend: The Pitch Bend knob directly changes the pitch of the selected instrument.
  • Reverb built-in: provides a spaciousness and depth to simulate the sound reflections from walls, floors and ceilings following a sound created in an acoustically reflective environment. Small rooms can be modeled as well as large spaces.
  • Filter Section: with filter type box for low pass filter and high pass filter.
  • Amplitude Range Parameters: It controls the loudness, the way in which we perceive amplitude.The sensitivity level is set by the user.
  • Panning potentiometer control.
  • MIDI CC Automation: Implementation of MIDI Continuous Controller parameters for use with external hardware control via DAW.

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